Grow your own Broccoli

5th November 2008

Grow your own Broccoli

Grow your own Broccoli

Who can resist steamed broccoli smothered in creamy cheese sauce? If you plant broccoli now you’ll be assured of a good crop, just in time for winter. The good news: It’s easy to grow and fares well in most soil types. Here’s what you need to know to ensure a successful crop :

Step-by-step guide for growing your own broccoli :

  • Choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil to ensure that your plants don’t rot. Prepare the soil beforehand by mixing in plenty of manure.
  • Sow seeds about 7cm apart, in rows 60cm apart. Cover the soil with 2cm of compost and water well. Germination will occur after 10 days.
  • When the first shoots appear, thin the plants out to about 20cm apart.
  • When the seedlings have about 6 leaves each, feed them with a handful of 2:3:2 per plant.
  • Remember to keep the plants well watered, especially when the heads begin to form.
  • Harvest broccoli when the plants are 10-15cm high, using a sharp knife (never tear them off).

Did you know? Broccoli is the most nutritious vegetable of all – it’s packed with vitamins A and D and beta carotene and it’s a powerful cancer-fighting agent.